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bashar al- assad, should ask him directly. russia is not getting involved." this christmas season, peace on earth seems more elusive than ever. earlier today, i spoke with former undersecretary of state nicholas burns and asked who, if anyone, will be the peace makers? >> when i was growing up listening to people like lyndon baines johnson or richard nixon or hubert humphrey, kennedy, eisenhower before that, their mantra was the highest aspiration of our society should be peace. it's interesting since 9/11 our political leaders have stopped telling us that. it's time they started reminding us again. the ancient elusive goal of peace, it's part of the american tradition. it's part of who we are as a country. >> axelrod: so if the mechanisms of security have to do with the proper personnel and weapon systems and technology, what beyond that produces peace? >> there are two things. first, it is a matter of national policy. we decide after a time to end wars the way we've ended the war in iraq and will soon end the war in afghanistan. we decide that, at certain times, the threat to other peo
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